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Science Team Description
SCIENCE TEAM DESCRIPTION
The goal of the LFCMS Science League Team would be to prepare for both the county and state competitions (and possibly nationals) put forth by the Chemical Education Foundation (CEF) and to broaden the science education of the leading science students in the middle school. The mission of the CEF is as follows:
The Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) is a national organization committed to enhancing science education! Our popular You Be The Chemist® programs are geared towards grade K–8 educators and students. By focusing on these grade levels and emphasizing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives, CEF strives to inspire our future leaders to pursue science-related careers and to improve the overall understanding and appreciation of chemistry and chemicals. (http://www.chemed.org/about-cef/)
The preparation for these competition follows two manuals put forth by the CEF; Passport to Science Exploration: The Core of Chemistry and Passport Science Exploration: Chemistry Connections. These manuals contain eleven chapters of chemistry including the following topics: measurement, classification of matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical formulas, forces and attractions, chemical reactions, balancing equations, acids and radioactivity. Each week the team meets, a lesson would be presented along with an activity, demonstration or lab procedure.
Pending Board Approval: SIGN UP, WEDNESDAY 09/28 IN ROOM 106 AFTERSCHOOL
The Process: September and October will be used to expose all those interested in some of the science units. Then in early November a placement exam would be given to determine the LFCMS Science Team. The next four months would be spent preparing the team for the topics covered at the county competition. Then topics would be covered for the state and national competition. On average, there is 45 minutes of students contact per week, however during the competition season of March and April there is about 2-4 hours of contact. The county and state competitions are on Saturdays, date TBD.
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